2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Today's attraction spotlight? Incredible Hulk Coaster
at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando - the seventh seed in the Best Roller Coaster bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
You've entered Bruce Banner's laboratory, as he's attempting another experiment to reverse his, uh, gamma ray problem - you know, the one that turns him into the Incredible Hulk.
But as the experiment starts (c'mon, say it with me now), something goes horribly wrong and you explode from the gamma tube at 40 mph in coaster builder Bolliger & Mabillard's only launch start. Hulk gets right to business, throwing you into an immediate inversion, followed by a cobra roll and a loop, then plunging into a fog-filled tunnel at a top speed of 65 mph.
From there, Hulk spins riders through a corkscrew, another loop, as well as a couple of over-banked turns and a final corkscrew.
It's not anywhere near the tallest or fastest coaster out there, but in typical Bolliger & Mabillard fashion, Incredible Hulk Coaster blends speed and inversions into a delightful mix of roller coaster mayhem, one that leaves most riders exhilarated, rather than nauseated. Quite a feat, really, given the number and sequence of inversions involved here.
But is it enough for Incredible Hulk Coaster to win the title as Best Roller Coaster, or Best Theme Park Attraction, in America? We'll find out when voting begins in the tournament, in March. In the meantime, let's hear your thoughts about Hulk, in the comments.
This instantly became my favorite roller coaster when I rode in 2002. That title has since changed, but the punch this coaster packs hasn't.
i like-a-da Hulk! isa so good!
Not sure if my mother had anything to do with it, but the Incredible Hulk is an excellently conceived and executed coaster. Even the theme of the coaster is well done, with sights, sounds, and a constantly playing cartoon (in the rider swap waiting area) adding to the narrative. The initial launch uphill is phenomenal especially when combined with Bruce Banner's cries as he changes to the Hulk. B&M just knows how to make coasters, and Universal knows how to bring them to life!
A great coaster, but it rattles way too much. I always walk away with a headache. I think this ride needs a refurb. Couldn't it be smoother?
This is a fun ride. The first 5-10 seconds of the ride are awesome. Even though its only the seventh seed it can go far in the tourney because its located in Orlando.
"Couldn't it be smoother?"
my favourite ride seeded so far, quality
This is my favourite coaster of them all.. Amazing.
WOrd 2 My MoThEr!@#$%^&*() is right!!! I hope she is getting the proper royalty checks!
My wife's favorite
I like this one ok. The launch is the highlight of the ride, which presents a little bit of an issue for me because it's at the beginning of the ride. The first couple of elements maintain that excitement, but for me the ride starts losing steam after that. It doesn't finish strong compared to how it started, which throws off the pacing of the ride a little. Points are also deducted for loud techno music.
I went on this ride for the first time last year. While I found it to be quite a good rush during the launch and first inversions, I agree with an earlier comment that it can be a head banger. I rode in the front row once and then in the middle, so maybe that changed my experience. It's a fun coaster, no doubt, but I prefer a little smoother ride.
Gotta agree with Steve -
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